Governor Describes Legislative Session As "Disappointing"

Disappointing. That's the world Governor Beshear used to describe his first session with the general assembly.

Kentucky lawmakers adjourned the 2008 session early Wednesday morning, about an hour after their constitutional deadline.

Lawmakers adopted several key safety measures, including one law that requires people hired to operate amusement rides be at least 18-years-old. Another law requires children under seven ride in booster seats.

Still, time ran out before lawmakers passed several other bills, including a plan to overhaul the state's pension system.

House speaker Jody Richards says in the future, measures will have to be dealt with earlier, or not at all.


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  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    Funny that Richards says that measures will have to be dealt with earlier or not at all. As the leader in the House, he showed absolutely NO initiative whatsoever and completely lost control of this session. Larry Keeling said it best, the Dems are scare of their own shadows. Pension reform did not get addressed because of alleged threats by the educator's lobby to pull campaign funding for anyone who pushed for it. And the governor is complicit as well in this, having shown NO leadership (not that I expected any to be shown), introducing his #1 priority WAY too late into the session (but the budget should have been #1, not casinos), AND although he was "disappointed" in his "dysfunctional" legislature, he did not veto the 5% raise they gave themselves, he did NOT veto the 10 million they set aside for the legislative branch, AND he DID allow $600,000 to be set aside for a GOLF course in FLOYD COUNTY, home of good ol' boy Greg Stumbo. Dem politics as usual are back.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Apr 17, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    our government is a joke. both state and fed. what was the reason we all came to america? was it to push the native americans around? i am so ashamed of kentucky and the US. looking for a way out. oh, but wait...americans are hated worldwide, now. there will be no freedom left if our government doesn't get wise and make some progress instead of creating buzzwords and deeming them "reform." those screw ups in frankfort are selfish, greedy, shameless, and despicable. karma will get them in the end. it always does.
  • by Sherry Location: Morehead on Apr 17, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    I agree with c; way too much time was spent on the casino ammendment and not enough time spent on the budget. Beshear was obviously trying to pacify the ones who contributed to his campaign while pushing aside the issues he should have been addressing. How do the justify a 5% raise when the state is in such bad financial shape. There raise should have been 1%; the teachers should have gotten the 5% raise. Apparently they forget how important a teachers job is and how big of a part they play in a child's life and future.
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 17, 2008 at 05:17 AM
    Disappointing is an understatement! It was a complete waste of time & money! They should have dealt with the budget issue first instead of wasting so much time on the casino issue! Shows me that they are only interested in themselves. They passed themselves a 5% raise while giving teachers & others only a 1% raise! Selfish is the word I would use! Teachers are in the classroom everyday & they are only in their office 3 months, why should they get a bigger raise? A special session will only serve to waste more time & money. Until these idiots are voted out of office there should be NO SPECIAL SESSIONS at all! Let's not give them anymore money, they didn't do their jobs, so just let it be until next year! Let the citizens of KY suffer while we line our pockets with their tax money. That's the lawmakers motto! I think the citizens of KY should sue them for giving themselves a raise they didn't deserve!
  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Apr 16, 2008 at 10:30 PM
    Funny Richards says these sort of measures need to be looked at earlier in sessions or not at all. The House held up most of this stuff by getting bogged down in extraneous crap. In the real world, you don't get the job done, you don't get paid, but in Frankfort, you can vote yourself a pay raise, apparently. And how about $600k to Floyd County for Greg Stumbo's "legacy", the golf course? First someone retires to let him get back into action, then that person is forced to resign, then Stumbo gets $600k for a GOLF COURSE, people. Smell like a pay off to anyone but me? Yet, they have no problem cutting $101k from the budget of the KCDHH, which helps over 649,000 Kentuckians statewide with securing assistive devices, etc. 649,000 people disenfranchised for a golf course that has minimal economic impact. Nice deal if you work there, I guess.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Apr 16, 2008 at 07:19 PM
    Did Romeo's law pass??? I haven't heard...as much as the news has talked about it the past 3 days, I would have thought they would've put a story up or at least mentioned in these wrap-up stories whether that one made it or not. After seeing yet another horse-owner starving their horses to death today in Rockcastle County, I think this bill is one that can't wait until next year. How many more animals will die from neglect or abuse in the next 365 days because of our legislature's failure to act?
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Apr 16, 2008 at 06:55 PM
    "disappointing"...that's how I describe this governor. i voted for him. i am ashamed.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Apr 16, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    Yea i guess these lib kooks are dissapointed they did not get to raise your taxes or get their casino ripoff nuts. You know whats wrong with this state liberalism its does not work and its stupid its the closest thing to communism that have seen. Here is a bunch of ignorant libs wanting to raise taxes when the economy is a little down which they talked it down with the help of the liberal media. This is a great day for the Kentucky people thanks senate of Ky.And remember libs you do not have free rein as you once did and from now on you never will.

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